The Getaway: Road Trip to Hood River
Here in the Pacific Northwest, we are lucky to be surrounded by an abundance of natural landscapes. From rivers to beaches and mountains to forest; Oregon truly shines in nurturing a passion for the outdoors in all seasons.
The vast Columbia River stretches east across our state, eventually touching the beautiful city of Hood River just about an hour away from Portland. On a nice day, heading east on the Historic Columbia River Highway is no trouble at all if you want to enjoy a day in the sun.
An Electric Road Trip
Historically, the words “road trip” and “electric vehicle” typically go hand in hand, but there is always room to reinvent the wheel. At Porsche Beaverton our goal is to drive into a more sustainable future, and that means transitioning our powerful fleet of vehicles into an age of electricity.
Moving with the changing times, Oregon’s initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions comes largely into rewarding the purchase of electric vehicles with a rebate at point of sale. Additionally, the push for widespread electric infrastructure for accessible charging has boomed in Oregon, offering one of the most robust charging networks in the country.
The Taycan, with plenty of range and chares quickly, is the perfect companion to take along for the ride. Our high performance sports car provides the technically and emotionally impressive driving experience of a traditional fuel engine with a future-oriented attitude. The all-electric Taycan has an impressive battery range that is sure to last you on your journey to Hood River. The built-in capabilities to plan your route ahead of your journey gives peace of mind to the driver, providing details such as charging stations along the way, calculated estimates of charging times, and adjustments to remaining range based on your driving habits.
There are a few convenient charging stations (including fast-charging) scattered around the city. We recommend checking PlugShare to see the most convenient charging locations to you.
Find Your Next Adventure
With mother nature surrounding you in every direction, there’s an activity for everyone in Hood River. If you’re looking for cycling routes, hiking trails, windsurfing, or picnic spots– there is an abundance of options for everything.
Check out Hood River’s visitor website for an extensive list of attractions here.
Hood River was founded as a fruit-picking town in the 19th century, hosting pear, apple, and cherry orchards as far as the eye can see. As a top producer of tree fruits, wines, flowers, and foods, the area earned its endearing title as the Hood River Fruit Loop. You’ll find small family farms and orchards with fresh produce and gifts, and U-pick opportunities.
Relax and Recharge
After a long day out on the mountain or hiking to waterfalls, there’s no better feeling than coming back into town to enjoy a meal or a beer to round out the day. Park your car at one of the electric charging stations nearby if you need a recharge and head down to the waterfront for some views to go along with your next meal. Solstice Wood Fire Cafe offers delicious pizza and drinks with heated outdoor dining. Be sure to try their special house made Wood Fire S’more while you’re there!
A Porsche Beaverton favorite is Ferment Brewing. This modern brewery offers expansive views of the Columbia River Gorge and has a beautiful outdoor patio on the second story featuring a large fireplace and ample seating while staying socially distanced. The atmosphere is truly unbeatable.
Since there is so much Hood River has to offer, you might consider staying for a few days rather than making the quick day trip out there. Both Columbia Cliff Villas Hotel and the Hampton Inn offer electric vehicle charging on-site for guests.